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Meath toughest test to date

February 4, 2019

 ● Allianz National league Division 2 round 3 –  Meath v Armagh Sunday 10th February Pairc Tailteann at 2pm

Undefeated Armagh face their toughest League test to date as they travel to Pairc Tailteann, Navan for a third round fixture against Meath. As is usual with the matches between these team down the years, Armagh will get a royal reception from their hosts who will be anxious to get back on the promotion trail after slipping up late in Ballybofey as Donegal added a late 1-3 to pip them 1-13 to 0-14.

Meath had begun their campaign with a 1-15 to 0-8 home win over Tipperary who picked up a first point in a 2-5 apiece home draw with Fermanagh who like Armagh were recording their second successive draw. Fermanagh had drawn their opener with Cork who suffered defeat at home to Kildare 1-10 to 0-10. So when one looks at the current Division Two League Table this coming weekends round of fixtures could go a long way in determining whether counties will be promotion or relegation contenders. Not alone are teams bunched together points wise there is little between them when it comes to scoring differences.

Before Armagh trot out in Navan both teams will have paid more than a passing interest on Saturday nights result as the two unbeaten teams Fermanagh are home to second placed Kildare who have 3 points. Table toppers Donegal head to Tipperary who are currently bottom of the table with an all Munster battle in Tennis as Clare host Cork.

Armagh will of course be minus the services of Jamie Clarke for the trip to Navan and will be hoping that Stefan Campbell will have recovered from his knock. With what is basically their third away game in a row Armagh will be hoping that they can add a killer touch to their performances to date. Having left both Kildare and Clare within touching distance on the scoreboard Armagh were punished on both occasions.

There is no doubt but this is Marmara’s toughest test to date but to be fair to the Division Three champions they have acclimatized well to the step up in class that is required to compete in Division Two. Kieran McKinney’s charges have been ultra competitive, wasteful and naive and could as easily with a bit of luck have 4 points on the board. But such is football and the signs are positive even though the results don’t show true reward. 

As always it is home results that determines your league fate and if Armagh can return from Navan still unbeaten they will be nicely poised for a promotion push as home comforts come into play beginning with Tipp at the Athletic Grounds.

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